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Old 09-01-2016, 01:55 PM
 
Location: Paris
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Half of Europe is filled with pollarded plane trees, which are hybrids of a North American and an Anatolian species, pruned very unnaturally. Why do people accept those?
It's a good question. Pollarded trees are eyesores to me and they offer little shade in summer. I don't really see the point in planting trees along streets if you you intend to mutilate them that way. Every time I see a pruner on duty, I look the other way as I feel like I could turn into a violent psycho with no warning.



Btw I went past these small palms today. Do you experts know which species they are? Phoenix roebelenii or something?
https://www.google.com/maps/@43.7826...8i6656!6m1!1e1
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Old 09-01-2016, 02:10 PM
 
Location: Mid Atlantic USA
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It's a good question. Pollarded trees are eyesores to me and they offer little shade in summer. I don't really see the point in planting trees along streets if you you intend to mutilate them that way. Every time I see a pruner on duty, I look the other way as I feel like I could turn into a violent psycho with no warning.



Btw I went past these small palms today. Do you experts know which species they are? Phoenix roebelenii or something?
https://www.google.com/maps/@43.7826...8i6656!6m1!1e1

Possibly Phoenix reclinata. Will only survive south Texas and Florida peninsula in the eastern US due to extreme cold events in winter. I believe they are killed by 25F and below.
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Old 09-01-2016, 03:11 PM
 
Location: Downtown Phoenix, AZ
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Possibly Phoenix reclinata. Will only survive south Texas and Florida peninsula in the eastern US due to extreme cold events in winter. I believe they are killed by 25F and below.
Those could survive here easy, we haven't gotten to 25 in like 40+ years, the coldest it's gotten in the 15 years I've lived here is 29
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Old 09-01-2016, 03:15 PM
 
Location: St. Louis
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I guess after living in FL so long....I'm just tired of them. I find them quite boring and ugly to be frank. I especially find it disappointing when I go out of state (like Atlanta or DC) and see a palm tree completely ruins the feel IMO.
Robert Heinlein said they looked like a poor grade of feather duster. (From Stranger in a Strange Land when Jubal arrives in LA to see Mike.)
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Old 09-01-2016, 03:21 PM
 
Location: NYntarctica
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The palm trees in Maceio look amazing
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Old 09-01-2016, 03:45 PM
 
Location: Foreignorland 58 N, 17 E.
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I believe they have small palm trees artificially planted in the southern edge of Sweden... I don't know how well they sustain there, but I believe the average minimum there in a year is probably in the high 10's of F, with sub-zeros being impossible...

But then again, I haven't been to Trelleborg so I don't know how they are these days
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Old 09-01-2016, 03:47 PM
 
Location: Leeds, UK
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I like pollarded trees. You do see a lot of them in the UK.

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Old 09-01-2016, 03:51 PM
 
Location: Broward County, FL
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Lol. I'm surprised this thread is still alive.
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Old 09-01-2016, 04:43 PM
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Location: Norwich, UK
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Many street/ornamental trees in here are not native. The horse chestnut is from the Balkans, holm oak is from the Med, London planes are a hybrid of NA and Asian species, honey/golden locusts and catalpa are from the eastern US, eucalyptus from Australia, cordylines from NZ etc etc...
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Old 09-01-2016, 04:48 PM
 
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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I am a northerner, so I think they're beautiful and exotic, but if they aren't groomed they look bad.
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